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Sony MDR-Z1R In classical music

Discussion in 'Headphones (full-size)' started by SONYES, Aug 22, 2017.

IS Sony MDR-Z1R suitable for classical music

  1. SONY FOR classical music

  2. classical music IS NOT FOR Sony MDR-Z1R

  3. AND WAY ...

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  1. gerelmx1986
    Finally got them, they sound awesome, no damage to the HPs and the damage to the case was minimal, just a drop of super glue to the detached screw and i am done.

    Some first impressions. Like a veil being lifted from my muisc wow, they kill the XBA-Z5 and the MDR-Z7
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018
  2. gerelmx1986
    Listening to Monteverdi The sacred music four volume series, released by Hyperion records (Robert King, the King's Consort) Damn, delicious voices, the tenor and the sopranos very nice liquid smooth flow of music, the reverb detail so accurate. The violins and the organ (never heard this organ well on the MDR-Z7). The full choir nice warmth and enough room to avoid sounding congested.

    There is no single drop of detail lost, not even when full choir sings together with the Brass section, the organ doesn't get lost nor do the trombones/trumpets and violins
    Last edited: Sep 27, 2018
  3. pietcux
    Nice, glad you like them. But no they don't kill the Z7, they improve on them.
  4. Redcarmoose
    When I first heard the Z7; I thought that the Z1R was 10% different.

    Now? Can’t put a percentage on the difference......the Z1R is different. IMO
  5. Redcarmoose

    Not to rain on your parade, but once you hear them from the TA amp with the Kimber cable and 1A as a source with the cradle; you will be in tears. I still need the Audioquest Carbon USB, which I get next month to finish it all.

    I’m listening to an HD soundtrack at the moment with them; they are basicly everything I’ve ever wanted from a headphone.
    Last edited: Sep 28, 2018
  6. gerelmx1986
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  7. ACheah
    Hi Guys, i recently bought the z1r. Does anyone have any experience with the MUC-B20BL1 Kimber cable? it seems like there is a new version with the same connections. are there any difference? Thanks
  8. Redcarmoose
    That is actually an older cable which is 3.5mm X 3.5mm to 3.5mm X 3.5mm. The same one came with the Z7 Headphone except not made with Kimber cable. It fit an older Sony PHA3 portable amp also a way to go balanced with the Sony TA amp. Basicly balanced is 4.4mm now and there is not much support for the 3.5X2 balanced method.
    Last edited: Oct 10, 2018
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  9. ACheah
    since i have the pha 3 it works for me, but does it sound any different from the newer kimber kables? does anyone know?
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  10. Redcarmoose
    Perfect. I have no experience listening to that exact cable, though the 4.4mm MUC-B20SB1 was a big improvement over the 3.5mmX2 balanced cable that came with the Z7.
  11. Sp12er3
    I think which cable balance design used shouldn't change how it sound... The changes from single ended depends mostly on the amp and the headphone itself... What'd be different is the convenience, so you have the PHA 3 NOW, good but then you'd need to change cable or make an adapter yourself if you want to use the same balanced cable with different amp. The 4.4mm is the more widely used, future proof standard.

    Maybe only if you can find a good deal for it used? It's an old model after all. Shouldn't be too hard to find some.
  12. gerelmx1986
    One th9ng i have noted with the MDR-Z1R is that you don't need to cranck the volume to super loud so you are able to hear quiet instruments
  13. kp297
    How's everyone doing here? As this year comes to a close and after using a variety of headphones, I find my self appreciating the Z1R as a pair of classic JBL speakers in a treated room (my uncle is a JBL fanboy lol). It reminds me so much of a floor standing dynamic speaker presentation, especially when compared to headphones such as the LCDi4/4z/HE1000. This closed back headphone is simply wonderful, and I am hanging on to these for as long as I can.
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  14. gerelmx1986
    Me too, lo que ve the deep su bass capabilities of these for organ music
  15. Serge Bernamej
    Ok guys, I'm joining this thread because ALL I listen to is classical music (3000 CDs) and I just sold the HD800S to get a Z1r. I know it's a bold move. But as much as I use to be impressed by the HD800S, with time I ended up liking more the Audeze (LCD3) and many other fuller bodied presentation. Honeslty, I've tried everyting with the HD800S, tubes, EQ,....I give up. It's clinically perfect, but lack a bit of soul. Sure, other cans will lose on details, but my concert seats do to in real life.
    Cheers !
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